Brock Lesnar's victory over the Big Show saw the perfect pre-match, in-ring and post-match execution necessary to keep WWE's cash cow strong.
Lesnar spent the buildup of this feud getting tossed around in unprecedented fashion. The story going into this clash of the titans was that nobody had ever manhandled Lesnar the way Big Show had on television.
"That guy's an NCAA champion he just threw like that!" exclaimed JBL as Big Show had his way with Lesnar during their January 20 showdown on Raw.
Show's dominance over Lesnar was the perfect setup for the beating he would take at the pay-per-view itself. Show looked big, bad and immovable before the Royal Rumble. He was beaten, bruised and wounded after.
Lesnar wasted no time pouncing on Big Show prior to the bell ringing. He dominated most of the offense as a UFC-style takedown and strikes turned to a WWE-style marathon of chair shots.
After a brief comeback by the Big Show, Lesnar notched the mandatory spot for the highlight reel as he hit an F5 on the giant for the victory. Lesnar resumed his array of chair shots following the match, keeping him dangerous and living up to Paul Heyman's nickname of "Brock the Unmerciful."
Big Show was the perfect sacrificial lamb. A one-sided victory over WWE's largest athlete makes Lesnar look unstoppable. One cannot be anything less going into a WrestleMania match against The Undertaker, who is undefeated in 21 appearances, as is currently rumored per PWInsider (via WrestlingInc.com).
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The actual match only lasted two minutes and one second, which is all Lesnar needed to accomplish his goal. Few expected a catch-as-can wrestling classic between two brawling super heavyweights like Lesnar and Big Show, especially at the tail end of their wrestling careers.
The match simply needed to be a knock-down, drag-out fight, and it delivered. Lesnar's mixed martial arts background was once again infused in the match structure, making it look real and adding to the intensity. Lesnar comes out of Royal Rumble as a very dominant heel with plenty of time left to add to his momentum.
WWE just aired a pay-per-view that gave television time to almost every relevant member of the roster and then some. None will be as believable of a foe for The Undertaker as Lesnar.